In December, full-fledged winter will come to Osaka. The leaves of the trees on the street fall and they become bare. Instead, Christmas illuminations are given to the trees and they start to shine beautifully at night. If you are staying in Osaka this time, please bring your coat because it is cold. On this page, I will explain the weather in Osaka in December.
Below are articles about the monthly weather in Osaka. Click on an article if you want to know more.
Below are articles on the weather in Tokyo and Hokkaido in December. If you plan to go to Hokkaido as well as Tokyo, please note that the weather in Hokkaido is quite different from Tokyo.
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Weather in Osaka in December (overview)
※ Based on the data released by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Both high and low temperature data are averages over the past 30 years (1981-2010)
The weather in Osaka in December is similar to that of Tokyo. The rainy days are very few. It is either a beautiful blue sky or a cold-looking cloudy sky.
In December, the temperature is less than 15 degrees Celsius at the warmest time of day. In the morning and evening, it may fall to below freezing.
It’s a bit warmer than January or February, but if you are not good with cold climates, you’d better bring a muffler or gloves in addition to the coat.
The cold look of the winter season will spread, but in the city center, beautiful Christmas illuminations will color trees instead.
In Osaka, it rarely snow at Christmas. However, the atmosphere of Christmas is perfect in the downtown area, so please enjoy the holiday atmosphere.
The following is weather information of December in Osaka announced by Japan Meteorological Agency. Please use this for reference.
Osaka weather in early December (2017)
|Maximum temperature (Celsius)||14.5|
|Minimum air temperature||2.2|
|Total precipitation||3.5 mm|
|Fine weather ratio||61%|
In early December you can enjoy the colors of fall in Osaka. Autumn leaves can be found in Osaka Castle Park and other places around the city.
At this time, the sky in Osaka is very blue. You will be able to take beautiful pictures in tourist areas. However, winter has already arrived in Osaka. When going out, please wear a coat.
The sunrise time in early December is around 6:50. The sunset time is around 16:47.
Osaka weather in the middle of December (2017)
|Maximum temperature (Celsius)||12.0|
|Minimum air temperature||0.4|
|Total precipitation||0 mm|
|Fine weather ratio||65%|
By mid-December, the streets of Osaka will be full of Christmas atmosphere.
In Japan, at the end of the year, it is customary to have a party in a restaurant with colleagues from work in the evening.
So famous locations like Dotonbori are crowded with many people.
It is cold at night, but it would be nice to wear a coat and walk around downtown Osaka.
Osaka weather in late December (2017)
|Maximum temperature (Celsius)||13.9|
|Minimum air temperature||1.5|
|Total precipitation||24.0 mm|
|Fine weather ratio||48%|
In late December, after Christmas, people often go shopping to prepare for the new year so downtown is very busy. The temperature will drop even further, but it will be fun to go out as the city is vibrant.
The sunrise time in late December is around 7:30. The sunset time is around 16:53.
※ Sunrise and sunset times are based on the 2019 data released by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. I posted the time of the 5th for the beginning of December, the time of the 15th for the middle of December, and the time of the 25th for the end of December.
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